Label: Golden Dawn Records
01. M.W.S - Hexenhammer [148 BPM's]
02. Candy Power - Terminator 
03. Oliphant - Quasar 
04. Alien Mental - Nukem 
05. Phobium - 8 bit future 
06. Alienation vs. M.I.T - Robo Terrorist 
07. Silent Horror - Nocturnal Wizard 
08. Peacespect vs. Dejan vs. Hishiryo - Fort Europa 
09. Savage Scream - Acid Clown 
“The danger comes from people who refuse to recognize that there are dark sides of human nature that cannot be wished away by attributing them to the modern ills of culture, poverty, pathology or exposure to media violence. The danger comes from failing to gaze into the mirror and come to grips with the capacity for evil in all of us.” – David Buss. Glowing Flame is not feeling very lovey-dovey this time around and their primal instinct is appealing other emotions at hand. Much darker and moodier, encompassing the general feeling of the tracks presented. They don't call the label ‘apocalyptic psychedelic trance' for nothing. This is not about Shiva, world peace, nor about talking peyote in Mount Fuji . I'm not going to blame them for trying something slightly more original in the over-population of clichéd themes. The material is obviously for people who can stomach strong and harsh night-time tunes with a smile in their face. Would you raise an eyebrow if it was called “Love” instead? I didn't think so…
01. M.W.S - Hexenhammer *
“My heart is filled with sorrow, but I can find no reason to contest the just sentence of the holy inquisition…” the excerpt comes from the flick “Name Der Rose” with Sean Connery, originally written as a book by Umberto Eco. In short, the book/movie talks about a small Benedictine Abbey in 1327 that believes the Apocalypse is coming, as monks keep mysteriously dying. As result they turn to salvation by fueling the inquisition, unjustly slaughtering even more pagans –mostly witches. The track is aptly named ‘Hexenhammer” by two Austrian DJ's: Natan & Shodan. A spooky number with industrial samples clanging with dust, wind howls and voices whimpering in the background. The track pulls a very hypnotic job with a truly eerie atmosphere added the demonic chanting crumbs, giving the ‘dark ages' a whole different meaning. Up front a warm kick relentlessly pounds alongside the synth, squelching those heathens right to hell… Burn! BURN!
02. Candy Power – Terminator
Candy Power is a match made in heaven (or else), by Dominator and his girlfriend Katya Equilibrium. The rolling bass resembles a stampede of elephants rumbling from every other side in hectic disarray, trailing behind a tin-sounding can. In the middle everything grinds, gashing every texture of the "Terminator" with strange tonal experiments to the point of hearing cockatoos… but that might be me. They included samples from the governor with his do or die moniker “Hasta la vista, baby” and I couldn't agree more.
03. Oliphant – Quasar *
Quasar is one half of the Fractal Cowboys as part of the influx of Californians. So far I have only heard the collaboration on Multiple Personalities and the Oliphant sounds just as strange. The leads undulate like a butterfly soaring aimlessly with mind-squashing filters on never end; continually pushing forward in their evolution. Complicating the sound even more we find the polyformic beats guarded closely by samples, which by now have formed their own little party in the corner. Overall this is just as crazy as it sounds… if you thought freeform jazz was complicated, a second brain is highly recommended for this one.
04. Alien Mental – Nukem *
Lalith Rao another MoE resident coming from India, has internalized the whole Goa experienced only to spit it back in his new home, San Francisco. Bringing forth chaotic madness like it's becoming the norm in the sunny Cali Coasts. The pungent taste of Nukem, invites the listener to a post-apocalyptic future much like in the video game of Duke and the samples confirm the rumors. Full of sonic weavings in the likes of screams, sirens, blips, blops and “uhh… that's gotta hurt”. It's downright disturbing and somehow murky, without a lead to really define the madness. Impressive levels of detail and workmanship around the edges standout from this homage. Personally, a co-opt with Penta or at least a remix would be really interesting to hear…
05. Phobium - 8 bit future
“The future has not been written, there is not fate but what we make of ourselves. – I wish I could believe that.” Says Neo in his world-famous Matrix sample. The steepest kicks in the lot fly high with uplifting grooves and a doze of good old fashioned distortion. The 8 Bit future is pretty much pounding all the way through with a few melodic highlights. The first sounds like an ancient videogame before it's corrupted to death by static. The second is a lounge-kind of atmosphere in the sixth minute that makes you wonder… why didn't he throw those bits a more often? In the meantime most the track is carried through by a hiss that increases intensity. I can appreciate the subtle changes in the track being a fan of minimal bit it feels a bit bare…
06. Alienation vs. M.I.T - Robo Terrorist *
Alienation and M.I.T are three lurkers from the Mediterranean coasts: Gilis, Hilaris and Faitas (those crazy Greeks and their names). The Robo Terrorist claws as another disjointed piece of mayhem emanating strange, and I mean strange shit from all over the place. I can hear six hands on this – much like Shiva- but it's just too out there. Envelope pushing ‘trance' showing us the other side of the coin, whichever that might be. It picks up by the last part with mysterious viola samples taken from some Alfred Hitchcock movie, pulling itself together after a debauchery of senseless robotic dashes. I have split opinions about it.
07. Silent Horror - Nocturnal Wizard *
Another bomb the size of Hiroshima drops on these hateful lands with the new Indian virtuoso. Opening with samples from the film The Omega Code which I missed and honestly don't regret doing so. As for the music Jigar Shah has already announced a debut album coming on Devil's Mind Records this year, promising pandemonium. “The Nocturnal Wizard” makes the hairs stand at the sheer amount of energy it's conveying. The engines are definitely hot and things have picked up in a climatic, apocalyptic, speed-infused mayhem that remains cohesive. “Is this the man who made the nations tremble?!” Yup, that's him… great stuff.
08. Peacespect vs. Dejan vs. Hishiryo - Fort Europa *
An impressive collaboration of four demented heads together trashing on the last pick up of the ride. Interestingly enough, they pulled it off with a tidy number I can identify as passing through Hishiryo first with his Japanese voices and hypnotic effects, continuing with Peacespect and their maddening guitars included the political samples. Dejan is in there somewhere -not exactly sure where- and that's a good thing they can mix so indelibly. It all comes together very well, included the classy stringed bass break, but I'm not sure if the politically infused voices here aid a whole to the overall product. The monk chants on the higher ranges (which is turning real trendy, and I love it) sound an awful lot like opening titles of Halo.
09. Savage Scream - Acid Clown
To close the book Mizuki Nishihata spawns his “Acid Clown” with a strange carnival-esque notes in the form of bells, melting away to the dissolving synth. From the top of my head I can only recall hearing Primal Scream in Crazy Goblins and Wicked Pixies and I wasn't terribly impressed with his work there either. It sounds a bit stagnant or slow in the progression. Step on the pedal chief, we got places to go and people to see! Trance is about repetition though and the aural web he constructed is carefully orchestrated. Take the bass line by the end throwing that that evil fit… juicy in deed.
All and all :
Hate is a strong ride with a number of ups and downs fueled with a lot of hectic production. A number of clear standouts, while some others are just too damn crazy for me, I got to admit. If you bothered reading this far, chances you like what you read and can appreciate the underground vibe it excludes. Some will love to hate it this compilation, others will simply love it (oh the irony). If you made your mind before even checking out the track list please go back to your Spliff Music compilations*, there is nothing for you here. One day you might understand…
* Notice the author has no qualms with actual spliffs.
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